Relevant Population CharacteristicsThe racial/ethnic distribution of tuberculosis (TB) in Utah for the five-year period of 2012-2016 was as follows: 40% occurred in persons of Hispanic ethnicity, 26% in Asians, 14% in Whites, 11% in Blacks/African Americans, 5% in Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders, and 4% in American Indian/Alaskan Natives. Over the past five years in Utah, more than 90% of Asian and Black/African American persons with TB were foreign-born.
The racial/ethnic distribution of TB morbidity for the United States in 2016 was as follows: 34% occurred in Asians; 28% in persons of Hispanic ethnicity; 21% in Blacks/African Americans; 13% in Whites; 2% in persons of multiple races; and 1% each in American Indians/Alaskan Natives and in Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders. (CDC. ''Tuberculosis - United States, 2016'', 2017).
In the years 2012-2016, 77% of the persons diagnosed with TB in Utah were born outside of the United States. In 2016, 68% of the national case total of persons diagnosed with TB were foreign-born. (CDC. ''Tuberculosis - United States, 2016'', 2017). These numbers show the importance of effectively screening and treating individuals from high TB prevalence areas.
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